Summer Hiring Forecast: Where The Jobs Are

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Young woman pushing a lawnmowerIt's no secret that employers have been slow to staff up. The unemployment rate has inched down only recently to 7.5 percent. But a new analysis suggests that a significant number of employers plan to hire temp workers for the summer.

On Thursday, CareerBuilder released its annual summer hiring forecast, which found that nearly 3 in 10 employers say that they will hire seasonal workers for the summer months. That is on par with last summer's hiring, but it marks a jump from 2008-11, when just 2 of every 10 employers hired seasonal workers. (CareerBuilder is an AOL Jobs partner. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive, which gave questionnaires to 2,000 hiring managers.)

According to Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, the improved outlook is no fluke. "Employers are more confident today than they were three or four years ago," he said in a CareerBuilder news release.

So who's hiring? The hospitality industry came out No. 1 in the survey, with 47 percent of employers looking for summer workers. But other sectors that are expected to have high summer hiring rates include:
There is a catch: Pay for many of these jobs, however, will be relatively low. The majority will be offering salaries of just $10 per hour. Only 1 out of 5 positions will pay more than $15 per hour, the survey found.

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The silver lining with these temp jobs? Seasonal work often leads to a full-time position. In fact, 67 percent of the employers surveyed by CareerBuilder said they would consider these summer hires for full-time slots.


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